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Into the Wild
Transcript of Into the Wild
Into the Wild
By Jon Krakaur
June: Leaves Alanta, Georgia after graduation and heads for west towards California. At this point we meet his family that he eventually greatly hurts when he leaves and stops communicating with them. "Driving west out of Atlanta he intended to invent an utterly new life for himself, one in which he would be free to wallow in unfiltered experience." This is a picture of Emory University Which McCandless graduated from.
January 11: caught in a storm off the coast of mexico.
Bullhead city, Arizona
April 28 - Begins walking the stampede trail
"Smiling broadly, he disappeared down the snow-covered track. The date was Tuesday, April 28, 1992"
seemed like McCandless was really excited to get out into the wild.
August 18 - Dies at age 24
"I am out collecting berries close by and shall return this evening"
Although they said Chris starved to death he could have accidentally poisoned himself by picking the wrong berries.
September 6 - Body discovered on the stampede trail
"Neither of them had been in the bus, but they'd been close enough to notice "a real bad smell from inside"
The hunters could smell that something had died and was rotting away in the bus, thats when Chris' body was discovered.
January: Salton Sea; meets Ronald Franz
" I'm going to miss you when you go."
" I will miss you too, but you are wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from the joy of human relationships. God's place is all around us, it is in everything and in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at things."(also wanted to adopt him)
This conversation with Franz is one of the first times we hear Chris actually explaining his view on life and truly exemplifies how Chris left such a huge impact on Franz
February: Carthage, South Dakota, works for Wayne Westerberg
"“He was hungry to learn about things. Unlike most of us, he was the sort of person who insisted on living out his beliefs.”
This shows how Chris' personality was like and truly shows his the ambition and dignity that he possesed.
"... an experience that would later convince him he could survive on similarly meager rations in the Alaskan bush (p 36)."
"... the first thing he'd do is peel those socks off...kind of like a statement, to let us know we didn't own him...(p 40)."
I think Chris mccandles' left an impression on the McDonald people by just the way he talked about the out doors I think that made the people who worked there appreciate little things and go after their passions.
This is the first evidence we get that convinced him even more to explore the alaskan wilderness. Because now he knows he can do it, and with little food.
This explains Chris' personality by that he will abide by the rules whether he likes it or not. Though he will make sure to make a statement showing he is still free and wont let people control him.
End of July: Picked up by "Crazy" Ernie and goes to northern California. Chris may have left Ernie pretty angry when he stole Ernie's bicycle, but it was somewhat deserved after Ernie was not going to pay the people for their work. When Chris stole the bike he then rode it to Chico, California. "After working there eleven days with six other vagabonds, it became clear to McCandless that Ernie had no intention of ever paying him... lot." Here is a picture of a red bicycle which I imagine to be similar to the one Chris stole.
August: Orick, California, meets the Burreses. Bob and Jan Burres very much liked Chris and left thinking "the world of him. They picked Chris up hitch hiking and when they parted ways Chris headed north up the California Coast. "When he left, we never expected to hear from him again, but he made a point of staying in touch." This is a picture of a milk jug full of berries which is what Chris had when picked up by the Burreses. He was picking these berries.
September: Carthage, South Dekota, works for Wayne Westerburg. Wayne Westerburg and his other employees gave Chris his new family because from here on out he told most people this was his home. Westerburg truly enjoyed Chris giving him a job and housing. He said that Chris was the hardest worker that he had ever seen. Upon leaving Carthage he headed towards the mojave desert. "If McCandless felt estranged from his parents and siblings, he found a surrogate family in Westerburg and his employees, most of whom lived in Westerburg's Carthage home." Here is a picture of a Vicotrian Queen Anne style home similar to the one McCandless, Westerburg, and the employees would have lived in while in Carthage.